5- Gig workers have lots of flexibility
Gig companies often describe a trade-off. What workers lack in stability, they make up for in flexibility. Most drivers prefer freedom and flexibility to the forced schedules and rigid hourly shifts of traditional employment.
Not all gig work is created equal, though. Some contract work allows people to choose what they do, when they do it and what rates they charge. But several online platforms use variable pay, rating systems and notifications to push people to accept certain jobs and work certain hours. These practices, limit the flexibility of work.
Uber drivers report being monitored through their phones and deactivated without notice. Low, unpredictable wages and a lack of benefits can push people to work more hours than they would in a full time job.
Flexibility does not have to come at the cost of job security and decent wages.